Manchester derby victory gave Man City a clear edge to win title

Manchester Derby, Manchester City, Manchester United, Premier League

Manchester derby was considered to be make or break season for both Manchester clubs. Manchester City and Manchester United, both were sitting comfortably at first and second place on Premier League table respectively. It was only a battle between stretching the lead at top or losing further points to give the other competitors hope, but it ends up giving Man City a clear edge to win title.

Manchester City grabbed a 2-1 victory over their cross city rival Manchester United. It stretches their lead to 11 points on Premier League table as United loses further points. Citizens’ victory also put an end to Red Devils’ 40 game unbeaten run at Old Trafford.

City took the lead in 43rd minute from David Silva’s effort. Romelu Lukaku failed to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s inswinging corner and the ball fell to the Spaniards who was played onside by Ashley Young. He hooked the ball inside the post to give City a 1-0 lead before half-time.

A first-half twist takes place just before the end of the first-half. Manchester United leveled the score with the help of Marcus Rashford loose ball effort. Nicolas Otamendi failed to clear Marcos Rojo’s diagonal cross in the City box, which Fabian Delph hesitated but Rashford pounced on the loose ball to drive low past Ederson.

Old Trafford roared with United leveler, but City bounced back in the game. Nine minutes into second-half, City grabbed the winner and David Silva was once again playing a role in the goal. Spaniard whipped in a free-kick inside the box and Lukaku once again being a culprit made a failed attempt to clear to Chris Smalling, and Otamendi amending his first-half mistake volleyed home to earn City victory.

The result could have been different if Ederson hasn’t made two great saves in the end. He stopped Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku’s close range effort to deny Manchester United a leveler second time. It doesn’t end only Manchester United unbeaten run at home, but also ends Premier League title race.

Manchester City got a clear edge with 11 points cushion at top, whereas United hanged at second with their 35 points. Earlier in the day, fourth placed Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield against Everton in Merseyside derby. It left them two points behind third placed Chelsea, five points behind United, and 16 points behind City. Pep Guardiola’s side hasn’t got any competition at top and City could fancy their third Premier League title this season.

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